Football Association of Finland

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Football Association of Finland
UEFA
Association crest
Founded 1907
FIFA affiliation 1908
UEFA affiliation 1954
President Pertti Alaja

The Football Association of Finland (Finnish: Suomen Palloliitto; Swedish: Finlands Bollförbund, literally "only" Ball Association of Finland), abbr. SPL is the governing body of football in Finland. It was founded in 1907.

The SPL organises the men's and women's national football teams, and the second and third tiers of national football. The premier division Veikkausliiga is organized by a distinct organisation, and the lower tiers (the fourth tier and below) are organized by the 12 district organisations. The SPL is based in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki.

Background[edit]

The Suomen Palloliitto (SPL) has more than 1,000 member clubs and approximately 115,000 registered players. The Finnish Gallup survey has indicated that football is a popular pastime with around 500,000 Finns interested in the sport. The SPL is Finland's largest amateur sports federation.[1]

The association was also the governing body of bandy in Finland until Finland's Bandy Association was founded in 1972.

District organisations[edit]

At the more local level Finnish football is administered by the following 12 district organisations of the SPL:[2]

There were also 12 other district organisations that no longer exist.

Presidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palloliitto". Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  2. ^ "Suomen Palloliitto - Piirit". Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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